Health-care purchasing group reaches milestone
NORTH SYDNEY — Nova Scotian Health Care Purchasing Limited’s cumulative refund to Nova Scotia health-care facilities since its founding in 1997 has passed the $2-million mark.
The refund for the 2008-09 fiscal year alone was $248,000.
The announcement coincided with the company’s recent annual general meeting. Nova Scotian Health Care Purchasing Ltd. is a not-for-profit group purchasing company based at the Northside General Hospital in North Sydney.
Nova Scotian Health Care Purchasing, which doesn’t receive any government funding, provides group purchasing services to more than 100 member health-care facilities in Nova Scotia. Members include hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, residential care facilities and youth facilities.
“ We are very excited about this refund milestone. This model has been very successful,” said Leonard MacEachern, chair of Nova Scotian Health Care Purchasing Ltd. “This program demonstrates that group purchasing in a cooperative environment works. Our members, clients and food suppliers all benefit from this approach. The group purchasing model for food purchasing helps health-care facilities negotiate and obtain the best possible combination of price and quality for their food requirements. The refunds are regularly
We are very excited about this refund milestone. This model has been
Leonard MacEachern, chair, Nova Scotia Health Care Purchasing Ltd.
reinvested by member facilities to reduce the cost of their operations.”
Charlie MacLean, manager of the group’s food and nutrition program, compared the group to a cooperative.
“ This purchasing program saves facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes from having to do their own tendering and is also a time-saver,” MacLean said. “My job is to make the system work — to do the tendering and look after communication. I’m an employee of the health care district on loan to the company, which is a common practice.”
MacLean said price is a factor, but he doesn’t always look for the cheapest product.
“ When we are trying to decide what is the best product, we look at consistency, quality, service and a fair price,” he said. “ We operate very quietly behind the scenes, but this was an important milestone and we’re proud of it; it’s worth celebrating.”